What do Patient Care Technicians do?

Are you looking for a career that provides the satisfaction that comes from helping others on a daily basis? Becoming a patient care technician might be the right career path for you. At Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health, our course curriculum can provide you with an introduction to clinical skills and advanced training you need to be successful in this field.

Patient Care Technician duties

A patient care tech – also known as Emergency Room or Emergency Department Technicians, as well as Emergency Room LNA – plays an important role in a healthcare facility. Your primary job is to provide attention and care to patients typically in hospitals, doctor’s offices and nursing homes. While you can and will interact with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, your number one focus will be on your patients.

Your duties can include (but may not be limited to):

  • Taking vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, pulse, etc.)
  • Assist physicians during exams
  • Monitor food intake for patients
  • Changing bed linens
  • Ensure patients receive medications and understand instruction for usage

Patient care technician training

Students in the Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health Patient Care Technician program begin their education in the classroom. Here, they’ll learn the basics of patient care, infection control, recording patient data, medical ethics and responding to medical situations.

The Patient Care Technician Program is a comprehensive 603 hour program which covers the scope of Nursing Assistants, Phlebotomists and Electro-Cardiographers. Students will also spend a significant amount of time learning theoretical skills related to phlebotomy and electrocardiography, such as:

  • Recognizing heart arrhythmias and dysrhythmias
  • Placing cardiac leads on patients
  • Collecting lab specimens
  • Home health care

Contact Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health today!

There has never been a better time to begin your new healthcare career. Give us a call and find out how we can help you start your new career as a Patient Care Technician. For more information about this program or other programs in our Allied Health career training program, call (603) 622-8400.